Friday, November 30, 2018

Are you being served? Services for NonStop take the spotlight!

A short stroll past bank branch offices in New Zealand had me thinking about the role of services in support of NonStop systems and in NonStop migrations …

This past week it’s been all about working from a unique location. Yes, for a couple of days we have been all at sea, so as to speak. With the need to be in Auckland for a couple of days followed by a day in Wellington, Margo worked out that we could sail to NZ, stop by both places and then return to Sydney. We also threw in a visit with former Connect board member, Alan Dick, who even today continues to work on issues of advocacy with long time NonStop supporters Bill Highleyman and Bill Honaker as well as with another strong advocate for NonStop, Randall Becker. We spent a leisurely day with Alan whose tenure with the board dates back to the time when ITUG elected to participate in the creation of the Connect worldwide community. Indeed, at the time Margo was Vice President Alan was there to offer wise council during the period of significant upheaval for the group.

While the trip across the Tasman had a distinct business focus – and yes, we were able to compare the service offerings of both Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) and ANZ – each evening we found ways to unwind and to simply kick-back and enjoy the ever changing seascape. I will be covering the topic shortly in a separate blog for the financial services industry, but to walk into a “branch office” of BNZ where it was all self-service supported by a wide array of function-specific devices, was quite intimidating for first-time users even as it was an insight as to where bank branch offices may be headed. On the other hand, ANZ was a “galley style” branch office with a mix of tellers and self-service devices on one side and cubes manned by ANZ staff down the other side.

One initial observation however had Margo and I discussing all of this and that was the need to be patient. Silly as it may sound, when it came to interacting with the self-service devices, it paid to read all the instructions and not to rely solely on the intuition. Watching other banking customers of our generation – yes, the baby-boomers – it was apparent that there was a high degree of discomfort when it came to interacting with machines, to the point where those at the ANZ branch were a completely different demographic to what we observed inside the BNZ. When I looked a little deeper into this phenomenon, it was borne out by observations of others – where one generation prefers to talk with banking staff, another generation simply wants to be left alone.

Our trip across the Tasman was on the latest addition to the Princess cruise fleet – the Majestic Princess. At 19 decks high with gross tonnage over 140,000 tons (and yes, gross tonnage is a nonlinear measure of a ship's overall internal volume and has nothing to do with weight) it had on board 3,500 passengers together with about 1,500 crew collectively sharing 11 bars and lounges. Two days into the sail to Auckland we passed a P&O vessel that had left Sydney much sooner than we had so with all of its size, the Majestic Princess is not only a smooth sailor, but fast! On the other hand, life on board such a leviathan gave me ample time to write as the WiFi network was pretty good even if the login / logout protocols were a tad complex – again, I had missed reading through all of the instructions to see many “free minutes” wasted. Ahhh! Next time …

While all at sea, news began trickling in following the recent NonStop Technical 
Boot Camp (TBC) event. In my previous post I wrote about a number of topics as the event was under way. In one respect, not much new was announced other than perhaps the departure shortly of longtime NonStop stalwart, Randy Meyer. On the other hand, it is clear now that the NonStop team is consolidating its position in the marketplace and by this I mean it is very much focused on getting the NonStop community across to the L-Series operating system. Whether it’s upgrading to the NonStop X systems or trialing the new virtualized NonStop (vNS) either with the new NS2 package or by itself on independently sourced hardware,  the focus of the NonStop team is on working through 2019 to ensure the NonStop base is all smooth sailing with L-Series!

Part of this new vision has to do with ending future sales of the NonStop i family of servers. Another part has to do with broadening the availability of capacity on demand (or NonStop Dynamic Capacity, as the NonStop team prefers to call it) so that it wasn’t just for NS2 but for NonStop X as well; in this case, limited to just the bigger NS7 models. All this is to ensure baby steps can be taken when it comes to testing and then migrating to NonStop X. All sound decisions made by HPE and recognition of the risk-averse approach as demonstrated by the majority of NonStop users through the years.

However, there was another very important step taken by the NonStop team and that had to do with providing support for those users who may lack today all the skills needed to do a migration to L-Series. Services gained more attention this year at TBC than I can recall hearing at past events and for good reason – while the ATC was beneficial to many NonStop vendors with regards to validating the middleware and solutions it was never going to be in a position to scale up to handle all of the NonStop user community.

However, services come in two parts – offering your solution as a service as well as providing access to skilled service providers capable of helping  NonStop users through any migration to L-Series. Among my current clients  there are those NonStop vendors who have moved well down the path to providing solutions as a service. A lot more will be written about these early adopters in the coming months, but for now it’s important for the NonStop community to understand that the messages coming from the NonStop team aren’t hollow wishes about what might happen. And then there are the legitimate managed services providers operating in different regions as there is a firm plan by the NonStop team to partner with them as well.

Much was said about the help at hand from the Pointnext organization, formerly Technology Services. With a focus on Hybrid IT and the Edge, there are a lot of skilled technicians on hand, but even so, not enough to cover the NonStop community as a whole. Even with help from the current NonStop Solutions, Technology and Business Analysts currently supporting the NonStop sales organization, there is only so much that can be done. In case you missed it at TBC it’s going to be the NonStop team partnering with a number of managed service providers and from whichever way you look at this pursuit, it is good news for everyone that is involved.

As was often said by actors in the BBC comedy, “Are You Being Served?” when it comes to these managed services vendors, then yes, “I am free (to serve)!” No suggestion here that such services will be free of charge, of course, and the reference here is simply directed at shop assistants who may be available. Point is, by partnering with a much larger community of managed services providers, the NonStop team too can ask a similar question – are you being served? Can we help? And, most importantly, we have you covered!

Being all at sea and looking forward to being back in Sydney shortly, there is ample time to look around. Comparing a trip across the Tasman Sea in this vessel to when I first journeyed abroad by boat (back in 1973), it was a time when the full impact of the world’s first oil crises was having an effect on all forms of travel. This enormous Princess ship is travelling three times as fast as did the P&O Himalaya – 22+ knots versus 7 to 8 knots. Couldn’t help comparing this to when we were all excited to be processing on the NonStop Himalaya “K-Series” systems. Of course, we now process at much more than three times the speed of the K-Series but the image still has merit. Not only are the new ships faster but the volumes being dealt with are considerably larger as well – 5,000 today versus 1,250 (500 crew). Volume and Velocity, once again come to mind but of that a lot more can be written. 

Suffice to say, ships have little to do with Moore’s Law and yet, they are part of the Intelligent Edge when you think about it and as such, the amount of data being generated across a single week is enormous. It is this escalation in data – particularly data needed by today’s mission critical systems – that bodes well for NonStop’s future. If one thing has come from all that was covered at this year’s TBC is that there is a future for NonStop that is clearly supported by product roadmaps stretching out for a very long time.  You need blockchain / distributed ledger technology? You want NS SQL as a service? You want more temporary capacity? You want to mix traditional with virtual machines under the management of just one OS? With the spotlight turning towards the services sector shining brightly on many well-known NonStop partners, the strategy is clear – getting to L-Series is imperative and with that, future TBC events will all be focused on just how well you are being served.      

Monday, November 19, 2018

The fading lights of shore – we are all at sea?

On looking back to all that transpired at the NonStop Technical Boot Camp, there was much to excite the NonStop community …

Seems more than appropriate to kick of this latest post with observations about shorelines that recede and lights that dim. We have just pulled out of Sydney’s Circular Quay as we start a very brief long-weekend voyage to Tasmania. I have written about Australia’s southernmost state on more than one occasion, but one sight has always intrigued me – Port Arthur. It was the extreme final destination for those Australia’s convicts who misbehaved in Sydney cove to such an extent that they had to be expelled from the more civilized penal colony along Sydney’s shores.

As for the voyage itself it will follow almost the same course as the yacht fleet that will depart Sydney on Boxing Day (December 26) to race down Australia’s eastern coastline, across the Tasman Sea and up the Derwent River to Hobart. The Sydney to Hobart yacht race is one of the premier yachting events on the blue water racing calendar and the fleet’s departure is among the great water spectacles of all time. I have watched the start of this race only once before (1974) and raced down the coast, but only as far as Flinders’ Island so I always have more than a passing interest in this famous race each year. Some may argue that there are better tests of man versus the open ocean and the classic Fastnet race covering a similar distance may offer a similar challenge, but for me, there is nothing quite like the start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race for good old fashioned theater, full of drama and suspense.

With the smell of salt air strong on the breeze, stories of sailors and their battles with the sea and with the lights of Sydney fading in the distance, it’s appropriate that my thoughts turn to NonStop. It’s as if we are letting the old NonStop go as we begin a new adventure with a NonStop offering so much more than we could have imagined just a short time ago. Gone are the ties to the hardware that dominated the NonStop roadmaps for decades and indeed gone too are the ties to any hardware at all! All eyes are now firmly looking ahead as the full extent of the capability that comes with the L-Series operating system taking hold. Yes, it’s a brave new world we are entering and the lights that are diming behind us may be soon forgotten by a new generation of NonStop developers.

HPE NonStop held its NonStop Technical Boot Camp (TBC), an event that by any other name still smells like an ITUG Summit of times past. All the key elements were present – HPE NonStop executives and managers, a strong NonStop vendor community supporting an exhibition hall and a sizable number of NonStop users. Was the count accurate? One email I received as the event unfolded suggested there were one hundred first time attendees! If this turns out to be accurate then that is a very positive sign for the NonStop community as, after all, not only are NonStop systems transforming but the NonStop community is also going through a transformation – just look at the Under 40 SIG activities! Who could have guessed NonStop was attracting a next generation of supporters.

Among the many highlights of TBC, it would be hard not to begin with the breaking news that after so many years of commitment to all things NonStop, we have to finally say good-bye to Randy Meyer. While I am not sure of the exact timing as I think Randy arrived at NonStop after I had left NonStop Product Management for Insession, it does seem that Randy has been associated with NonStop like, forever! He has assured the community that he will be present for a little while longer to ensure handover goes smoothly and who will he be handing the controls of the NonStop organization to? Well, not unexpectedly, Jeff Kyle.  As a community we should all be thankful for the stewardship of NonStop by Randy for so many years as there had to be many times when Randy could have called time on NonStop by simply saying, it’s time!

In front of more than 400 members of the NonStop community, three announcements struck a chord with all those in attendance. Perhaps most importantly of all – and yes, strongly rumored to be a possibility for some time now – the lights will be finally going out for the NonStop i family of systems together with the J-Series OS. Orders for both the 2300 / 2400 racks will be accepted only through to October 2019 while the more powerful 56000 blades can only be ordered through July 2020. Yes, finally the inventory of Itanium chips looks to be thinning to where supply chains are simply drying up. Not surprisingly, really, as they have been around for quite a while. But what this means that NonStop i is no longer strategic in any sense of the word and enterprises need to begin planning for the replacement of existing NonStop i systems with the latest products on offer from the NonStop team.

No worries about supporting the NonStop i systems already in place, as existing practices of HPE will be maintained. That is, the HPE NonStop team will be providing support for the hardware for an additional five years beyond the sales deadlines. So in all actuality, there will be close to seven years of NonStop i systems driving mission critical solutions before they bid farewell to our data centers. On the other hand, NonStop supporting the Intel x86 architecture means that NonStop not only will ride the Intel x86 architecture roadmaps for a very long time but just as importantly, all the new stuff NonStop users want from NonStop development will only be found in the L-Series OS. And clearly, the NonStop we are sailing towards is going to take many forms and in so doing, find new homes in lots of new places.

However, before getting too deep into discussions about the many bays and ports that will become likely candidates for harboring future NonStop systems, there were two additional items covered at TBC worth mentioning. Yes, the just-delivered NS2 systems – the virtualized NonStop reference architecture systems as I like to view them – will be delivered with the newer Gen10 ProLiant processors a development not entirely unexpected by the community following numerous HPE presentations about Gen10 ProLiant at events where members of the NonStop community had been present. Currently, NS2 ships with Gen9 ProLiant servers. Not surprisingly, Intel is doing a lot more with HPE to the benefit of the NonStop community and I am pleased to see that taking place as Intel continues to set the pace when it comes to processors.

However, what may prove more interesting to the NonStop community is the extension of NonStop Dynamic Capacity (NSDC) beyond the just-delivered NS2 to include the largest member of the NonStop X family. This capability is now available for the NS7 – move from 2 cores per CPU to 4 cores (and yes, from 4 cores to 6 given how “the NonStop OS is fully aware of, and can make automatic use of up to 6 cores”) - “with a single command; no application outage to go up or down in cores!”

In so doing, enterprises with NS7 systems deployed can increase capacity for temporary peak workload periods for just one day or even a whole month! Black Friday or Mothers’ Day causing problems? No worries! If the month of December is always a horror stretch for many in IT, then again, no worries! If you want more capacity for longer periods then perhaps you need to upgrade your system as this is just the equivalent to Indy cars “push to pass” buttons reserved for use only on special occasions.

With the lights of the NonStop i family of systems fading in the distance and more capabilities being delivered for those systems where the L-Series is deployed – that is, traditional and virtualized – the NonStop team also announced that there will be support to help all enterprises migrate to L-Series. This will come from many sources with HPE Pointnext very much in the equation as will NonStop solutions architects, many of whom we know all too well. But in a further demonstration of the NonStop teams newfound willingness to partner the NonStop team will be working with a select group of managed services providers to ensure the entire planet is adequately covered.  Working in this manner and with coverage as extensive as it likely will become, HPE is ensuring there will be few missed opportunities for NonStop X and Virtualized NonStop.

There were events and meetings held in Australia that I needed to attend, and that meant that I was unable to be at this year’s TBC – a first miss in a very long time. However, by all counts it was a very well run show. Didn’t the NonStop team give the NonStop community something like 50 + presentations over the three days? The NonStop vendor community stepped up as well providing another 20 presentations – how many presentations did OmniPayments give, for instance, the neat thing being that OmniPayments featured a number of real world users. And did you hear how NTI has ordered a lot of Virtualized NonStop licenses? More about these and other announcements I will have to leave to other posts, but for me, it’s all an indication of just how well-received by the NonStop vendor community this new NonStop has become. The old is beginning to fade from sight. Farewell NonStop and yet, aren’t we all proud to be able to say, welcome! New NonStop! Your lights are shining brightly …

Friday, November 9, 2018

With TBC, what’s coming next for NonStop?

This is the time of year when the upcoming NonStop Technical Boot Camp (TBC) dominates many discussions – but what is coming next and are there further surprises install for the NonStop community?

We are happily settling into our new and very temporary working life here in Australia. It’s been such a long time “between drinks” as they like to say down under, but there is no doubting the lifestyle that the average Sydneysider enjoys.  With beaches stretching north and south and a harbor that penetrates the distant western suburbs, not forgetting too that the Blue Mountains frame the far west of Sydney, it is a city unlike any other on earth. Comparisons have been made of San Francisco with Sydney but clearly they were made by folks who really hadn’t spent time in Sydney. San Francisco is more like other bay cities, including Melbourne, but Sydney is a deep water harbor framed by rocky sandstone outcrops creating changes in elevation everywhere you turn.

Every time I return to Sydney there are the same old stories circulating in the press about one new development or another and how one high rise or another will detract from Sydney’s charismatic appeal and yet, somehow, through the years, the changes have usually ended up blending in to give Sydney the skyline familiar to us all. This time it’s all about infrastructure and how it’s all being done at once – a new light rail system through the heart of the City Business District (CBD), a new bypass tunnel running beneath pricey suburban homes, a whole new city supporting Sydney’s second airport. And so it goes on, but Sydney is always about the future and even as the city continues to climb upwards, there are still many new trees being planted and roads being repurposed as walking paths.

In many ways it is a shame that the timing of the events I committed to supporting meant that I will miss out on a couple of the big ones. I will not be making it back to Madrid for HPE Discover later this month and I will not, unfortunately, make it back for the NonStop Technical Boot Camp (TBC). I know that there will be sighs of relief in some corners upon hearing this but as we draw up our plans for the end of the year, initially it meant three trips to Sydney with a side trip to Madrid, none of which looked enticing, but we will certainly miss the TBC. Over the years, there have been many surprises and the NonStop options available today would have been hard to predict just three years ago. Nevertheless, having options is always good and it would be naive to think that it’s all over and what we see today is all that NonStop will be offering in the coming years.

On the topic of na├»ve, I have been posing the question to business folks I have been around “what are your doing to prepare your IT for the post-cloud era?” Talk about generating blank looks and a certain smirking visage that clearly communicates their thought of me “being out of my mind”, but for the NonStop community that has been around NonStop systems for as long as many of us have been, we know there will never be an “end game” for IT and that the current trends we are witnessing will in time give way to what’s next.

 In a very short span of time we have seen the manner by which we interface with applications move from a desktop station, including smart terminals and PCs, to laptops to tablets to smartphones and now watches and jewelry to where, any time now, flexible screens etc. will be an integral part of the clothes we wear. Simply strolling the highways and byways we will be in contact with every application on the planet and we will be generating data with every step. Investing in tablets and smartphones – you have to worry about whether that’s worth pursuing in this day and age, don’t you? On the other hand, history has taught us that there is no slowing down of our creativity and innovation and no lessening of the disruptions that the outcomes of such creativity and innovation generate. 

Today it’s all about the Edge and the Core, including hybrids and clouds. But what does it all mean? There is so much talk about open platforms and open solutions but what is the real question here? It’s pretty much a continuation of the search for lower costs, greater flexibility and agility and yes, even more productivity. If we can’t get ahead of the curve, then it will peak and come crashing down on us as I heard one speaker suggest at an event a week ago. Coming as it did from a building close to the cities beaches, it was an image not easily dismissed, but there’s more here and it should be of interest to every member of the NonStop community.

We know, for instance, without a doubt, that the world will be virtualized – there will be a gulf between the physical world and the world we see from interacting with our applications. We know too that the clock is winding down on Moore’s Law – there isn’t a whole of wiggle room left to keep shrinking the number of transistors per square meter even as we extract more and more performance. For NonStop the move to virtualization has tremendous follow-on impact. And by this, I am implying that in a very short time NonStop as we know it today will essentially disappear. Hidden in between layers of software isolating the metal making up the real world from what we interact with on a daily basis.

Think NonStop being everywhere and not just present on isolated systems and ask yourself, how would you approach a market that was universal? If business had the option to run fault tolerant or not, with no price premium, what do you think business would select? What would business do if all the tools, utilities, languages were impervious to running NonStop with the advantage of there being new levels of SLA achievable just with a few clicks of a mouse (or fingers)!Over time, business always gravitates to what’s best and what’s easy and yes, what’s on offer without a premium. To this end, just as we are seeing Linux distributions that include hypervisors, ask yourself what you  would be doing if popular Linux distributions went one step further, and included the option for fault tolerance?

We have gone from NonStop needing specialized hardware to where it can run on any x86 motherboard with sufficient Ethernet bandwidth (and more than one) to where it can run virtually on any number of hypervisors. So what is stopping NonStop becoming part of Linux and available to all businesses looking for open platforms? The just-announced decision by IBM to buy Red Hat came as a surprise to many. At SIBOS Sydney 2018 I interviewed executives from Red Hat and they played it very straight – I had no idea (and yes, the story I wrote had to be discarded)! I have a sense that IBM is pretty desperate and this purchase represents a very big roll of the dice but what if Red Hat becomes even more proprietary, populated with key IBM middleware offerings, such that business turns elsewhere for product. IBM no longer generates the fear among CIOs it once did so who knows what’s going to happen.

However, what I am certain about is that once the dust clears from our infatuation with Edge and Core and once we start looking at what’s next, it’s going to be all software, all virtual and yes, all Linux like with distributions catering for marketplaces from mission critical to the completely casual operation. Software, virtual and open – we have seen this on whiteboards for ages but the reality is that we are only now getting our heads around what this implies. And I see the door opening for HPE to throw NonStop into the world of open with NonStop running everywhere. With Red Hat going proprietary (I can say that!), what of Susie? Debian? Ubuntu? Fedora? And many more? While not all are targeting business, there will be many that will be targeting the enterprises where NonStop could readily find a home.

Point is, there will be a world beyond Edge and Core and there will be new models appearing that will differ vastly from what we are keying into today. It’s just business as normal for IT – change is ever present and for vendors, it can be very fickle. I chose the photo at the top of the page quite deliberately – a ferry pulling away from the wharf. Away from the safety and protection of the harbor! As we pull away from traditional computing and into hybrid IT, the Edge and the Core, Clouds, etc. can we truly say we know where we are headed? I am no longer sure we can say we do, but what I know with more assuredness than I have enjoyed for quite some time, with NonStop a software solution and with NonStop running virtualized, there are now no limits to where HPE can take NonStop. And with that, let’s enjoy the ride and let’s just see what HPE has to say this week at TBC!

Friday, November 2, 2018

There is value in those meetings, b%^&&$y meetings!

If it’s Sydney, it’s meetings, ethics, and infrastructure and if we want to move the needle a bit further along, then I suspect even more meetings will be held …

The weather has distinctly turned warmer in Sydney. The formal meetings of last week are now behind me and it’s been a week of heads down typing as I catch up with numerous commitments, but the many meetings with which I was involved took me back in time when almost every hour included one meeting or another. Perhaps it had to do with the positive nature of communication – when gathered together, ideas seemed to take on form more quickly and what started out as just a couple of threads developed into a full-blown tapestry in no time at all! On the other hand, perhaps it was just the enjoyment I derived from the free flow of ideas that would happen and how, from nothing at all the gem of a really good idea appeared.

As I was walking the floor of the exhibition halls at SIBOS Sydney 2018 last week and yes, exhibitors were spread across two floors at the Sydney International Convention Center (ICC), I couldn’t help but notice that when you throw together a bunch of banking executives, they like to talk, or as ANZ CEO Shayne Elliott remarked without any apparent remorse, “I like to steal ideas” that he hears at events like SIBOS. Then again, this is what you would expect at such a conference where a substantial representation of the global banking community was in residence for the week.

However, the meetings conducted at SIBOS had a lot to do with AI. Of course, as we get more engaged in discussions about AI, ethics becomes a popular topic and at SIBOS, it quickly drew a crowd. And then there is open banking and the open bank platform that held the attention of audiences each time people met.

While I am not at all confident bank leadership fully understands what they are saying or the likely ramifications of becoming software houses themselves, nevertheless the push for open banking seems unstoppable at this time, but you had to sit through a lot of meetings before you got a complete picture of what bankers expected to win from open banking. 

AI with a healthy dash of ethics, and open banking often took us into discussions on infrastructure. Bankers want infrastructure that is flexible and capable of better integration with the banks planned rollout of new applications. As much as AI, deep learning, ethics, open banking and the like stimulated conversations among the bankers drawn into impromptu meetings, it was the ever present need to turn conversations back to infrastructure that was hard to miss no matter where you were in the ICC.

What Sydney is very good at is getting you thinking about infrastructure. As I have commuted to Sydney Central Business District (CBD) almost every day since I have arrived, it struck me that there isn’t a part of Sydney that isn’t under construction. New light rail lines are being laid with a raft of new stations being built. Downtown, the main street, George Street, is completely torn up with a new light rail system going in as well. Then there are tunnels being drilled nearby to better connect one motorway with another (and get heavy big rig trucks off the surface roads) and yes, plans for a whole new city were unveiled yesterday as plans to build Sydney’s second airport continue to move along.

If you have been curious about the photo at the top of this post depicting the Wells Fargo stagecoach, it was taken on Wells Fargo’s booth at SIBOS. Not sure  about the logistics and how the bank managed to get it to Sydney but it certainly looked the part as there was a constant stream of bankers passing by who stepped into the booth to find out more about the stagecoach. However, it was a tangible reminder of just how far we have come in terms of infrastructure modernization. It is at this point that I look at what NonStop is promising today following the numerous changes that have been made to NonStop. Freed from ties to hardware and freed too from traditional systems it now fits very well with where meetings on infrastructure are taking us and where NonStop continues to provide value for bankers – just think what NSaaS with DBaaS and possibly even DRaaS will lead us! 

If on the other hand you are simply curious about where NonStop fits in the bigger scheme of things from the edge to the core and whether in time NonStop will be crucial component of the infrastructure supporting many more open industry platforms, then I think you may just be getting your first glimpse of one potential future direction for NonStop. Definitely, we are headed towards product offerings delivered as a service and definitely, the potential for NSaaS underpinning other key middleware offerings like database and D/R are just the beginning. It will only take a couple of fertile minds to propel these projects deeper into IT and about that I will be providing more details in the near future.

As a community, members of the NonStop ecosystem aren’t all that enthusiastic about talking about NonStop purely as an infrastructure play and I am not suggesting we do. However, as infrastructure calls for more of the capabilities inherent in NonStop, availability, scalability, data integrity / security, it’s hard to miss the potential benefits that can come from ensuring NonStop is an active part of the infrastructure! In time, I predict that some parts of NonStop will end up in future special distributions of Linux, but that is a topic for another day. Possibly after the upcoming NonStop Technical Boot Camp (TBC) that will be held in a matter of days.

There was one last item on sighting the stagecoach in Sydney I wanted to touch on as it reminded me that so much of what we do relies on good infrastructure. Whether our daily routines involve jumping on a plane to a faraway destination or simply catching the metro to work, as remote workers (as many of us are these days), it’s often just the opportunity to participate in a simple meeting that gets us out of our remote offices. With the way infrastructure is developing, getting to a meeting is no longer the chore it once was – so yes, over the next couple of weeks I will be joining the commuter crowd too as I head from one meeting in Sydney to another. Believe it or not I am actually looking forward to my next meeting in Sydney – are you looking forward to TBC?

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